Brandon Stirling Baker

Adjunct Instructor in Drama
Brandon Stirling-Baker, wearing blue button down collar shirt.

Brandon Stirling Baker is an award-winning lighting designer working internationally in the areas of theatre, opera, and dance. His work can be seen on stages throughout the United States and abroad including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Guggenheim Museum, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Australian Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Opera Philadelphia, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsballett Berlin, and many others.

Baker is best known for his extensive collaborations with Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Justin Peck where they have collaborated on over 27 premieres world-wide since 2010. Baker’s recent collaborations include new works by Savion Glover, William Forsythe, Sufjan Stevens, Jamar Roberts, Michelle Dorrance, Pam Tanowitz, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Shepard Fairey, Daniel Buren, Eva LeWitt, Alonzo King, and Benjamin Millepied. 

Mr.Baker received the prestigious Knight of Illumination Award (KOI-USA) in 2019, Lotos Foundation Prize in 2016, and Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Residency in 2018. Mr.Baker was appointed Lighting Director of Boston Ballet in 2018.

Prior to joining the Adjunct faculty at Vassar College, Baker served as a guest lecturer for educational programs throughout the United States including Yale, Boston University, New York University, California Institute of the Arts, Fordham University, and Ramapo College. 

Mr.Baker received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland and the Yale School of Drama as a Special Research Fellow. 

BFA, California Institute of the Arts
At Vassar since 2022


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Departments and Programs


DRAM 204 Theatre Technologies: Stage Lighting
DRAM 320 Scenography

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Brandon Stirling-Baker, wearing blue button down collar shirt.
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